So you LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN with your partner, but you still want to get off. Valid. So you’re left wondering, are vibrators safe during pregnancy?
Abso-freiking-lutely. But with a few caveats, of course (Because, pregnancy.)
According to Dr. Shieva Ghofrany, an OB/GYN based in Stamford, CT and founder of women’s heath platform Tribe Called V, vibrators are “totally safe presuming you do not have any current vaginal bleeding or placenta previa or preterm labor,” says Dr. Ghofrany. “Otherwise, you’re good to go. I will note, though, that an orgasm can cause uterine contractions (not preterm labor) and that may even cause cramps, though they usually abate with rest/water. And any lube that one would normally use is totally safe.”
Another thing to note in your pregnancy brain is that you must remember to clean your sex toys. According to BabyCenter, sex toys carry the same bacteria found in sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, chlamydia, genital herpes and hepatitis B and C. Those kinds of infections can be risky to you and your babe. You can reuse sex toys, just wash them after each use with soap and warm water.
Also, we probably don’t need to tell you this, but if your water has broken, steer clear of sex and sex toys (and maybe, like, get to a hospital?) and like Dr. Ghofrany mentioned, if you have placenta previa or are at-risk of preterm labor or are experiencing amniotic fluid leakage, check in with your medical provider on whether any sexual activity is safe.
If you’re unsure whether you’re experiencing placenta previa, it’s usually diagnosed at a routine wellness check, but it occurs when the placenta completely or partially covers the opening of the uterus (cervix).
The placenta is an organ that develops inside the uterus during pregnancy. It works to provide oxygen and nutrition to the baby and to remove waste. The placenta connects to your baby through the umbilical cord. Typically, the placenta is attached to the top or side of the inner wall of the uterus.
With placenta previa, the placenta attaches lower in the uterus. This results in some portion of the placental tissue covering the cervix. It can result in bleeding during the pregnancy or during or after delivery.
As with all pregnancy endeavors, if you feel uncomfortable or have questions, always check in with your health provider.